As many as 30% of young drivers (aged 18-25) admit to breaking the law during their first few years on the road, according to a poll by Vision Critical and road safety charity the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM).

The poll also revealed that, despite spending many weeks learning to pass the test, a majority (68%) of younger drivers feel that they need to improve. This are backed up by official figures which show that:

“This survey shows that younger drivers simply don’t feel adequately prepared for independent driving,” said IAM chief executive Simon Best. “The current learning system is failing the next generation of motorists and there needs to be a serious review. Early experience of a wide range of traffic conditions is vital but so is dealing with negative attitudes. This can be done most effectively through peer group discussions rather than just relying on stricter controls and curfews.”

The IAM’s objectives for younger drivers and an improved test include:

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